Upson ignores Beckenbauer barb

Defender Matthew Upson has shrugged off the criticism of England's style of play made by Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer.

Beckenbauer claimed the Three Lions had gone backwards under manager Fabio Capello after reverting to a "kick and rush" style.

The 64-year-old, who captained West Germany to World Cup success in 1974, was unimpressed with England in their opening World Cup game in South Africa, in sharp contrast to his own country's 4-0 demolition of Australia just 24 hours later.

England were held to a 1-1 draw by the United States in Rustenberg on Saturday.

However, Upson claims the England players will ignore Beckenbauer's barbed comments as they prepare to take on Algeria in a vital Group C game on Friday evening.

"We want to win matches, so we will play according to that. We will play the football that suits us best," claimed the West Ham defender, who could start against Algeria following the groin injury suffered by Ledley King.

"If we are accused of kick and rush but win something, I don't think many people would complain."

"Whatever he thinks about our style of play is his opinion."

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